In retrospect, it was risky to change settings between one book and the next, but that’s what happened with this series. In Pantomime, most of the book is set in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, the most magical circus in Ellada – or so it claims to be. Rising from seedy beginnings, it’s become one of the biggest traveling circuses in the country. My main character, Micah Grey, joins the circus after eavesdropping on the performers and works his way up from the lowest rung of the ladder—basically cleaning up after the elephants and nearly having his hand chewed off by the big cats—to one of the circus’s rising stars. But, for reasons I won’t go into for then we go into spoiler territory, Micah Grey leaves the circus. The second book, Shadowplay, is set in the Kymri Theatre, a grand, dilapidated building which is home to one shamed magician unable to practice his craft: Jasper Maske.